Recycling Bins Outdoors - Missouri State University

Identification of Sponsors
a. Project Sponsors (insert project sponsors and contact information below)
Kara Andres
1011 E. Elm St.
Springfield, MO 65807
(636) 352-5427
Bryce Shields
1043 East Cherry Street
Springfield, MO 65807
(816) 383-3867
b. Faculty/Staff advisor
Jeffrey Brown
Sustainability Coordinator, Environmental Management
901 S National Ave
Springfield, MO 65897
(417) 836-3108
c. Project Manager
Kara Andres
Description of Proposed Project
a. General Description of Proposal: This is a proposal for the installation of
20 outdoor recycling bins on campus. Currently, there are no recycling bins
outdoors on the MSU campus, and we believe students should have the
option to recycle when they are walking to and from classes. Students for a
Sustainable Future occasionally ‘dumpster dives’ in the outdoor trashcans,
and often collects an abundance of cans and bottles that could have been
recycled. This demonstrates the need for outdoor recycling bins.
b. Proposal Details: The type of bins we will purchase are from Wausau
Tile. Product information:
Item Number: TF1030
With spring-loaded, self-closing door lid. Retainer ring, security cable,
and leveling bolts standard.
Size: 25" x 25" x 47"
Unit Weight: 615 lbs
Unit Capacity: 53 gallon capacity, 45 gallon w/optional liner
These outdoor recycling bins will be similar in appearance to the trash
cans we currently have on campus. The only differences will be that the
recycling bins will be square in shape, have a green lid with the words
‘Bottles and Cans’, and large recycling signs on the sides (this picture
does not include the green lid or the recycling labels). In addition, the
color of the bin will be changed to match the existing trash cans. There
will be some extra work in picking up the recycling from these bins.
However, Jeff Brown has indicated that the additional bins would not put
stress on him and his workers and that he should be able to handle them
with ease (especially with the addition of his new vehicle!).
c. Proposed location for the object of the proposal: There are 20 locations
where the bins will be placed. We have also attached a campus map
indicating the placement of the bins. Exact placement will depend on where
the current trash bins are located (the recycling bins should be placed
directly adjacent to trash cans). When we mapped out the areas where the
bins should be placed, we made sure that there was a trash can in the area.
1. Bear Park North (Bear Line stop)
2. Area in front of the Garst dining center
3. Corner of JQH and Harrison St. (along the sidewalk)
4. Front doors of JQH arena
5. Alley btw JQH arena and Hammons student center
6. SE corner of lot 25 – needs concrete pad
7. SE corner of athletic field (near Glass)
8. Sidewalk S of Glass
9. Same area as above, but on parallel sidewalk
10. Bear Park South (Bear Line stop)
11. Front entrance of Library
12. SW corner of McDonald arena (on sidewalk)
13. Patio area between Plaster Sports Complex and Temple
14. Carrington circle Bear Line stop
15. Sidewalk between Power House and Plaster Sports Complex
16. Patio in front of Craig
17. Entrance of Cheek (next to Siceluff)
18. S patio of PSU
19. N PSU (Bear Line stop)
20. W side of Bookstore (near ATM)
d. Alternative Uses: There will not be any alternative uses for the
e. Drawbacks: Even though the bins will be strategically placed, we will not
be able to place a recycling bin next to every trash can. This may result in
students throwing away recyclables if the outdoor bins are not close to
them. However, this is just a trial run, and we will be able to increase the
amount of recycling bins in coming years according to student need.
f. Necessary modifications to existing structures: We will need to place a
cement block on the ground as a foundation in any areas where the bins
will not be standing on existing concrete. As of now, the only bin that will
be need the cement block is the bin located on lot 25 (#6 in above list). We
will purchase the cement block from Rite-Way Concrete.
III. Estimated Cost of the Project
a. Provisions of Alternatives in Order of Preference: There are many other
options for cheaper outdoor recycling bins. However, these bins do not
match the outdoor trash cans we have and will not be as durable, meaning
they will have to be replaced more often.
b. Provisions of Complete Cost Breakdowns
$426.00 each x 20 = $8,520
Labels and decals:
$25 each x 20 = $500
Cement blocks:
$57 - $85 each x 1 = (we will estimate for more expensive option) $85
- 3'X3'X2" = $32, or 3'X3'X4" = $60
- Installation $25/ pad.
Total: $9,105
10% cost overage: $910
Total Cost: $10,015
c. Provisions of any Ongoing Costs
IV. Estimated Completion Time of Project
Estimated Life of Project: The receptacles we have chosen are from the same
company as the existing trash cans on campus. Some of these trash cans have
been around for more than 20 years, proving the durability of the recycling
receptacles we are purchasing.
Justification of Project: These receptacles will provide students with an
environmentally friendly option to dispose of their cans and plastic. This will
prevent these products from ending up in a landfill, where they would take
hundreds of years to break down.
University Support (if applicable) This project has support from Jeffrey Brown,
who has worked extensively on this project with us throughout the semester. A
letter of support from him is attached. Doug Sampson and John Clark have
approved the type of bin we are proposing.